Sponsored Employee Program

Investing in employees for company and community growth

Build top talent to build business value: today’s formula for corporate success!

If one of your urgent business needs is to grow new company leaders (and it’s keeping you up at night), you’re not alone: developing new leaders has been identified as one of the key challenges facing executives right now. Some of the most sought-after skills can take a long time to develop, like communication, leadership, agility, and innovative problem solving. But these are exactly the kind of skills you can bring back to your company—and at record speed—through our Sponsored Employee Program.

Sponsored Employee Program

This program offers business leaders a unique opportunity to develop high-potential employees who want to grow their careers, capabilities, and networks. In partnership with United Way, they will learn immensely valuable skills to deliver back to the companies they work for. By investing in the growth of top talent, business leaders are creating a competitive edge—and supporting the community they do business in at the same time.

The Sponsored Employee Program includes two distinct opportunities:

  1. Second an employee within your own company, helping you cultivate up-and-coming business leaders that are adaptable, versatile and can deal with ambiguity
  2. Provide sponsorship funding to launch someone else’s career, helping you demonstrate your commitment to the community and strengthen your brand profile

Second an up-and-coming leader within your organization

Your competitive advantage starts now

Our Employee Accelerator Program helps you invest in the professional development of one of your most ambitious employees. During a 16-18 week period, employees are seconded to work for United Way, where they will focus on developing the high-value skills necessary to take their careers to the next level within your company. Under the management and guidance of an account manager, they play a crucial role in supporting and inspiring more than 800 workplace campaigns and events across the region, and come away with increased confidence, refreshed energy, a wider network of contacts, and a keen understanding of the community. This program is designed to provide your high-potential employees with hands-on experience to amplify their skills in a safe environment.

Sponsor the launch of someone else’s career

Enhance your company profile and brand reputation

If you’re like some organizations that can’t spare their best and brightest right now, or can’t identify the right person in your organization to second, you can still play a key role in supporting the community. Sponsorship funding of $17,000 enables United Way to hire a qualified candidate who is eager to launch a new career or gain valuable experience, such as recent graduates, individuals between jobs, or new retirees. Employees who are sponsored through this program provide guidance and customer service to over 800 workplace events during campaign, helping to develop strategy, deliver presentations, and create public awareness. Your generous support of this program will be publicly recognized, offering you an opportunity to enhance your company profile.


For more information on the Sponsored Employee Program, please email: sponsorship@calgaryunitedway.org

Adam SlaterSponsored Employee Program